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Bible Quiz: How Do You Measure Up?

Can you match these 18 words used in the Bible with the correct unit of weights and measures?

____ omer   ____ log   ____ cab   ____ handbreadth   ____ hin

____ bath   ____ mina   ____ span   ____ lethek   ____ pim      

____ talent  ____  ephah   ____ seah   ____ beka    ____ gerah   

____ cubit   ____ shekel   ____ homer or cor   

Definitions:

  1. Unit of length: 18 inches or .5 meters
  2. Unit of length: 9 inches or 23 centimeters
  3. Unit of length: 3 inches or 8 centimeters
  4. Unit of Weight: 60 minas equal to 75 pounds or 34 kilograms
  5. Unit of Weight: 50 shekels equal to 1-1/4 pounds or 0.6 kilograms
  6. Unit of Weight: 2 bekas equal to 2/5 ounce or 11.5 grams
  7. Unit of Weight: 2/3 shekel equal to 1/3 ounce and 7.6 grams
  8. Unit of Weight: 10 gerahs equal to 1/5 ounce and 5.5 grams
  9. Unit of Weight: 1/50  ounce and 0.6
  10. Unit of Capacity (Dry Measure):  10 ephahs equal to 6 bushels or 220 liters
  11. Unit of Capacity (Dry Measure):  5 ephahs equal to 3 bushels or 110 liters
  12. Unit of Capacity (Dry Measure):  10 omers equal to 3/5 bushel or 22 liters
  13. Unit of Capacity (Dry Measure):  1/3 ephah equal to 7 quarts or 7.3 liters
  14. Unit of Capacity (Dry Measure):  1/10 ephah equal to 2 quarts or 2 liters
  15. Unit of Capacity (Dry Measure):  1/18 ephah equal to 1 quart or 1 liter
  16. Unit of Capacity (Liquid Measure): 1 ephah equal to 6 gallons or 22 liters
  17. Unit of Capacity (Liquid Measure): 1/6 bath equal to 4 quarts or 4 liters
  18. Unit of Capacity (Liquid Measure): 1/72 bath equal to 1/3 quart or 0.3 liter

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Correct Answers:

How did you do?

  1. 00 to 04    Did you get handbreadth, cubit, and talent?
  2. 05 to 08    So, you read the footnotes, huh?
  3. 09 to 13    Are you a Greek or Hebrew chemist?
  4. 14 to 18    Has anyone ever accused you of being a geek?
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Interview with Author Sharon Srock

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The Women of Valley View: Pam by Sharon Srock will be released in early spring. If you haven’t read the first two books in her series, you have time! The Women of Valley View: Callie and The Women of Valley View: Terri.

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. ~ Ps 34:17-18 (NIV)

Clarice You’re a wife and mother with grown children and a couple of dependent dogs. You’ve worked at the local Air Force Base for over 25 years.  You’ve been an Avon representative for 20 years. And  now you’re a published author. How do you do it all? Besides wife and mother, which career do you most identify with and why?

Sharon:  The answer to how I do it is short and sweet. God. He keeps me focused on the task at hand. I have to make the best use of my time, regardless of which career is demanding my attention at any given time. As for my identity, I’d have to say the writing. It’s what I feel God called me to do and where I feel I can touch lives in a positive way. It’s what I’d like to be remembered for when I’m no longer here.

Clarice:  How long have you been writing? When did you write your first novel?

Sharon:  I wrote my first novel 25 years ago. It was a Star Trek novel that still sits in my closet. Science Fiction wasn’t the path God had for me. It took me a long time to accept that. I wrote the first words of Callie’s story five years ago.

Clarice Who was the first person to encourage you, really encourage, you to keep on writing?

Sharon: Jo Smith, a co-worker. She gave me the right nudge at the right time to get back to writing.

Clarice As in your The Women of Valley View series—Callie, Terri and Pam— do you have a tight-knit group of female friends you turn to? And why do you think women get so involved in each other’s lives?

Sharon: I’ve attended the same Pentecostal church since I was 14. I have a great group of supportive women. They read, they pray, they let me vent. They cheer my successes and give me a shoulder when I fall on my face. I think we’re taught to nurture from the moment we pick up a baby doll. It just grows from there.

Clarice You say you live “in the-middle-of-no-where Oklahoma.” Tell me a little about your state and what makes its people so resilient.

Sharon: The exact town I live in is a small dot on the map called Little Axe. We have a school system, but not our own post office. I don’t know that Oklahoman’s are more resilient than any other place in America. We had back to back tornadoes this last spring. The damage ½ mile for my house is still under repair, but we pull together. We provide for each other. But, isn’t that the same in New York or California?

02 Srock - Women of Valley View- Callie - TerriClarice In Callie, your protagonist is a middle-aged woman drawn to help others. But when her efforts backfire, fear of getting involved takes over. Has that ever happened to you?

Sharon: Honestly, no.  When I was writing Callie’s story, I was struggling so hard with writing issues that I hadn’t focused on since high school. I rewrote the story six times before I hit on a combination that worked.

Clarice:  In Terri, you write about two struggling families and two scheming daughters. How would you counsel someone who is bent on scheming to get their way?

Sharon: Scheming is never a good thing, but it worked out well for Terri and Steve.

Clarice In Pam, “Pam’s divorce broke her heart. The cruelty of her ex-husband broke her spirit. A bottle of sleeping pills almost took her life.”  Forgiveness is the theme running through this story. What made you want to tackle this theme?

Sharon: I’ve been in Pam’s shoes. Not abused and suicidal, but divorced and hurt. I’ve had to learn to forgive some hurts that have never been apologized for. But you can’t carry that stuff around with you and survive. Writing Pam’s story made me examine myself.

Sharon Srock

Sharon Srock

Author Sharon Srock went from science fiction to Christian fiction at slightly less than warp speed. Twenty-five years ago, she cut her writer’s teeth on Star Trek fiction. Today, she writes inspirational stories that focus on ordinary women using their faith to accomplish extraordinary things. Sharon lives in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma with her husband and three very large dogs. Her books include: The Women of Valley View: Callie and The Women of Valley View: Terri both of which are currently available. The Women of Valley View: Pam will release in May 2014. She also working on The Women of Valley View: Samantha. Connect with her at www.sharonsrock.com.


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Bible Quiz: How’s Your Vocabulary?

Bible GatewayFounded in 1993, BibleGateway.com is the original multilingual online Bible resource. Now owned by HarperCollins Christian Publishing, it offers the Bible in 70+ languages and 180+ versions. Did I mention it was free to use? You can see why it’s my favorite resource.

In my studies of different versions [maybe 8 out of the 180!], I’ve come across quite a few words that stump me. Mostly in the King James Version, which is an English translation for the Church of England, begun in 1604 and completed in 1611, under King James VI. In other words, it’s really, really old English. The 12 words below are but a few.

Can you match up these 12 words found in the King James Bible with the correct definition?

_____ carmi         _____ tabering       _____ rereward          _____ potsherd

_____ bier             _____ finer             _____ phylacteries    _____ harrow

_____ cistern       _____ inkhorn        _____ belial                 _____ obeisance

 

  1. playing on a small drum or tabret, or beating on the breast, as players beat on the tabret. ~ Nahum 2:7
  2. a tribulum or sharp threshing sledge ~ 2 Samuel 12:31; 1 Chronicles 20:3
  3. the troops in the rear of an army on the march, the rear-guard. ~ Numbers 10:25; Joshua 6:9
  4. worthlessness, frequently used in the OT as a proper name. ~ Deuteronomy 13:13; 2 Corinthians 6:15
  5. a “shred”, i.e., anything severed, as a fragment of earthenware ~ Job 2:8; Proverbs 26:23; Isaiah 45:9
  6. Scripture-inscribed strips of parchment inside a square leather case fastened to the rabbis’ forehead ~ Mathew 23:5
  7. the frame on which dead bodies were conveyed to the grave ~ 2 Samuel 3:31; Luke 7:14
  8. a worker in silver and gold ~ Proverbs 25:4
  9. a round vessel or cup for containing ink, which was generally worn by writers in the girdle ~ Ezekiel 9:2,3,11
  10. homage or reverence to any one ~ Genesis 37:7; Genesis 43:28
  11. a receptacle for water conveyed to it ~ Jeremiah 2:13
  12. vine-dresser; the last named of the four sons of Reuben ~ Genesis 46:9

How did you do?

  • 0 to 3     Did you get the three easy ones correct? Cistern, finer, and inkhorn?
  • 4 to 6     Ah-ha, I see your familiar with the King James Version.
  • 7 to 9     And you’ve read this version more than once.
  • 10 – 12  Good for you! You read your Bible and look things up!
  1. tabering
  2. harrow
  3. rereward
  4. belial
  5. potsherd
  6. phylacteries
  7. bier
  8. finer
  9. inkhorn
  10. obeisance
  11. cistern
  12. carmi